Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Madonna are just some of the 38 million people nationwide who enjoy knitting and crocheting, according to the Craft Yarn Council. Their recent survey of over 3,000 knitters and crocheters shows that people of all ages are enjoying these crafts, including a hea…

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At some point in time, everyone is going to need a lawyer. Whether you are buying a home, have been injured in an accident, hurt on the job, are evicting a tenant, need a will or, God forbid, are in trouble with the law, the time will eventually come. The question you will then face is how d…

I looked up at my wall and saw the picture. It made me smile. As a big fan of the Star Trek franchise, I had a photo of Captain Kirk standing with his arm around me. We were both smiling and looking like we were best of friends. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. It was 1995. The ph…

Next Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, generally observed by the wearing of green and the consumption of corned beef and cabbage (and possibly green beer). Here at Westerly Library, there are plenty of resources if you’re interested in all things Irish. We have music CDs featuring Celtic music, D…

Every once in a while, I’m reminded of why I do what I do by the people I’m doing it for. I’m guilty of occasionally forgetting that there are those in the caregiving journey of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or some other dementia, that really have no clue what they’re dealing with or how to…

My 50th college reunion is coming up this spring, and though it is doubtful I will attend — I’ve yet to attend any kind of reunion — I’ve been contributing stories to and monitoring the college’s online reunion site for the Class of 1969.

RIPTA will be holding a photo I.D. Clinic on Friday, March 29, for those who would like to purchase no fare or reduced fare passes to use for RIPTA or Flex buses. Low income seniors, 65 and older, and handicapped individuals under the age of 65, may purchase two-year passes for $10 so that t…

My daughter and I set off for the Magic Kingdom. I plugged in the destination to Waze, my GPS navigation software, and we were ready to go. The receptionist at the hotel said we were only 15 minutes from there. As we sped down Route 192 toward Kissimmee, the GPS alerted us that we were to ta…

On Feb. 5, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed SB-1, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, in a bipartisan vote of 77-23. Jack Reed voted against this bill, while Sheldon Whitehouse voted with the majority.

I had the great fortune to visit France several months ago. I absolutely fell in love with the culture, landscape, and history of the country. With the help of an audiobook, “Total French” with Michel Thomas, I did my best to learn how to say some extremely important phrases like “I would li…

Every few months, at zero dark thirty, T.F. Green Airport is transformed into a dramatic patriotic scene with firefighter escorts, police honor guards, Scout troops, and cheering spectators.

For decades, local lore had it that the house at 220 North Water St. in Stonington, next to Don’s Dock Marina, was of a curious and possibly unique pedigree in town: It was selected from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog in the 1920s and shipped, in thousands of pieces, here by train.

Lately I feel like I have needed the library more than ever. I am planning a family reunion for this summer and have used the library as a resource for books regarding organizing family events as well as books about how to deal with difficult people. The books on home remedies for headaches …

Many residents who stop by their local fire stations are surprised to discover how many different people serve as volunteer firefighters. You may be just as surprised to learn who the volunteer firefighters are in your community. The departments that represent the Rhode Island Southern Firef…

International Women’s Day will be observed on March 8. Around the world, special events will celebrate the cultural, social, political and economic achievements of women. However, this last area — economic progress — is one that still causes concern, and rightfully so, because women still fa…

There are certain things that make me nauseous. I’m almost ashamed to say this, as someone who’s been living in Rhode Island for 32-plus years, much less in the Westerly area, but ... the smell of garlic throws my gag reflex right into high gear.

Due to the popularity of  Soup & Chowder Night last year, George Routhier will be cooking and preparing Soup & Chowder Night again this year. On March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., he will be serving clam fritters with Rhode Island, New England, and Manhattan chowder. Advance-sale ticket…

On a recent morning  I was looking out my kitchen window while doing the dishes when I spotted a barred owl sitting atop the stump of a tree. What a thrill to see him sitting peacefully in the early morning … until two red-tailed hawks started dive-bombing him! I sat at the window with my cu…

I looked down to make sure of my footing. The snow was coming down steady. That’s when I noticed a strange sight. There were hundreds of small circles on the sidewalk beneath my feet. They stood out in the snow. In the middle of each circle was a pebble or what looked like a small chunk of i…

Her name is Juanita. She is the sister of one of my closest friends, and because she lives in Virginia, we don’t see one another as often as I’d like. But when we do, it’s as though time has never separated us. We just pick up where we left off and do a lot of laughing in between enjoying ma…

I hope all the mechanics and classic car enthusiasts will forgive me. I’m wading in over my head with the topic this week. That’s because I had a flashback to my younger days when I saw the article in this month’s Mustang Monthly magazine. The feature was all about switching out a six-cylind…

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again — tax time! April 15 will be here before we know it. Westerly Library has some of the most-requested federal and Connecticut tax forms available for our patrons at a special table on the first floor. However, be warned—the instruction booklets run ou…

Rosemary Mariner, the U.S. Navy's first female jet pilot and the first woman in the armed forces to command an operational air squadron, was given the first all-female flyover at her funeral Saturday in Maynardville, Tenn. Mariner died of ovarian cancer Jan. 24 in Knoxville, Tenn. She was 65.

When the movie, “Marshall” came out last year, my daughter told me that her friend’s father was in the film. So we watched with great anticipation. She told me that he appeared in two scenes in the movie. As the story played out before us, she suddenly jumped up and said, “That’s him!” I hav…

The state of Rhode Island’s decision last year to sue 21 fossil fuel companies in Providence County Superior Court came prior to the release of the latest National Climate Assessment, in which scientists emphasize, with certainty, that climate change is happening now. According to the lawsui…

Recent extreme cold temperatures have residents asking firefighters about the safety of alternative heating equipment, such as space heaters. As always, your local firefighters care about your safety and want to make sure that you and your family are safe from the devastating effects of fire…

More and more often, community and faith leaders have begun referring to climate change as “the existential threat of our time” — language the scientific community has used for decades. What does being “the existential threat” mean?

If you’ve read any of my previous columns, you’ll already realize that I get most of my information from CBS This Morning or CBS Sunday Morning. Mo Rocco, a correspondent on those shows, has recently started a fabulous podcast called “Mobituaries.” Apparently, he has a “long love of obituari…

It’s that time of year again for filing your income taxes! Once again the AARP Tax Aides will be helping Westerly area residents prepare their taxes. Services will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on a “first-come first-served” basis. Sign-ups for appointme…

It was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I sank down in my seat because I didn’t want them to see me. I was at the movies. I had just settled in. It was dark in the theater. The movie was about to begin. She came in and sat in front of me. I recognized her immediately. I al…

Throughout the United States’ history, race and racism have been contentious issues, whether that be slavery, the civil rights movement, or even more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement. Understanding race helps us to better understand our history as Americans, and the unknown privileg…

It was only because I had recently been informed of the death of one of my high school classmates that I was prompted to dig out my old yearbook. Michele sure looked a lot different then; then again, so did I. So did we all.

What do you think of when you hear the words, Battle Creek, Michigan? Those words transport me back to my childhood. That’s the place where many dreams were realized. I can’t tell you how many envelopes I sent to a post office box there as a kid. Until recently I’d never been there. Two week…

Tuesday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, and next Monday, the library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I read a bit about him recently and was reminded of what an impressive and accomplished man he was. He graduated from his segregated high school at t…

For some time now, I’ve advocated that primary caregivers should take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. With that said, how many of you have considered making your children part of the caregiving plan? It’s a better idea than you might think.

With cold weather finally here, what sounds better than a nice, hot bowl of soup? Westerly Senior Center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. George Routhier will be preparing homemade pizza soup, clam chowder, Canadian pea soup (which uses yellow peas), and Germ…